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The Commercial Agents Regulations: a step behind the times?

By Alex Williamson The Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993 (the Regulations) are 25 years old this year. An evaluation by the European Commission concluded in 2015 that the underlying Commercial Agents Directive (the Directive) still met its objectives and functioned well. However, a recent Court of Appeal decision has shown that the legislation is struggling to […]

Exclusion clauses under the spotlight: UCTA reasonableness

By Perran Jervis In decisions handed down one day apart, the Court of Appeal concluded that a far-reaching exclusion clause which limited liability for negligence was reasonable under the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 (UCTA), whereas an exclusion clause in a lease (in the form of a non-reliance clause) was not. The decisions emphasise that […]

Currency, cost calculations and contractual clarity

Walker Morris’ Head of Commercial Dispute Resolution, Gwendoline Davies, highlights the importance of dealing comprehensively and clearly with matters of currency and calculation in cross-border contracts…

Belgian draft Trade Secrets Act: opportunities for the life sciences sector

On 8 June 2016, the EU Trade Secrets Directive was adopted. The main purpose of the Directive was to harmonise and enhance the protection of trade secrets EU-wide and to thus create an innovation-friendly environment for businesses. The EU Member States had to implement this Directive by 9 June 2018. Belgium missed the deadline, but […]

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A united Britannic

Britannic, traditionally limited to life assurance services, has dramatically broadened its horizons, effectively making the in-house legal department group-wide. Mary Murphy meets the head of legal to see how she coped with the changes Today’s Britannic is unrecognisable from the company of two years ago. Back then, it dealt solely in life assurance, with all […]

Deweys sacks twelve in NY economic slowdown

Dewey Ballantine is laying off 12 lawyers from its New York office as attrition rates fall to their lowest level in nearly a decade. The associates, who are from a variety of departments and levels of experience, were told last week that they are being what the firm describes as “outplaced”. Chairman Everett Jassy says […]

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Jones Day Reavis & Pogue’s Peter Faber is well versed in advising his long-time client Peter Dyer in the etiquette of buyouts. Faber has acted for Dyer since the early 1980s, after Crystal Holidays was set up in 1981. Dyer then decided to sell the company to US-based Viad 10 years later, only for the […]

Norton Rose rejigs Paris and Greece heads

Norton Rose is reshuffling its European management team following the sudden death of the head of its Paris office in December. Alain Sanchez, who died on New Year’s Eve, will be replaced by Tim Howard, the manager of the firm’s associated offices in Greece. The Greek office had to be rebranded Law Office Howard in […]

Lucky for some: the thirteen TOP BENELUX MOVES 2000

BRUSSELS Axel Haelterman joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Der-inger in Brussels. A leading international tax lawyer, Haelterman joined Freshfields in February 2000 from Loeff Claeys Verbeke, where he had been head of tax. A tremendous boost to Freshfields’ Belgian office, the hire was also part of an ongoing strategy to develop a pan-European tax practice, much assisted […]

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